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Staff strikes are frustrating, but don’t forget who the enemy is

Staff strikes are frustrating, but don’t forget who the enemy is

As the UCU strikes disrupt classes, it’s worth remembering where the real issue lies (hint: it’s not the lecturers)
Brexit puts UK’s future participation in Horizon and Erasmus+ under serious threat

Brexit puts UK’s future participation in Horizon and Erasmus+ under serious threat

Disputes over the transition period threaten Britain’s future in Erasmus+ and Horizon, a former EU commissioner warns
Why student support for the UCU strike is crucial

Why student support for the UCU strike is crucial

Luisa Bax argues that we should all be supporting our lecturers during the ongoing industrial action
Poorer students less likely to attend prestigious universities

Poorer students less likely to attend prestigious universities

Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds tend to attend universities less prestigious than their richer counterparts, even if they have achieved similar grades
Only 5.3% of UoM academic staff satisfied with University management

Only 5.3% of UoM academic staff satisfied with University management

The paper surveyed over 5,000 UK academics, warning that the sector is “on the edge of potential disaster”
UoM Senior Leadership Team: “More committed to profit than people?”

UoM Senior Leadership Team: “More committed to profit than people?”

The Mancunion spoke to academic staff at UoM about their relationship with the Senior Leadership Team
Study shows academies have higher university application success rates than private schools

Study shows academies have higher university application success rates than private schools

Academies were just under 1% more successful than private schools when it came to securing university places
UCU members back industrial action

UCU members back industrial action

Disputes over pay and pensions mean strikes could be possible as soon as mid-November
Lords: Unis face “significant consequences” if tuition fees drop to £7,500

Lords: Unis face “significant consequences” if tuition fees drop to £7,500

The report said the recommendation was based on a “distorted” view of Higher Education funding
The darling fees of May

The darling fees of May

Sophie Marriott isn’t a fan of the proposed changes to tuition fees
Study finds Brexit may risk UK’s current standing within the United Nations

Study finds Brexit may risk UK’s current standing within the United Nations

A recent research project carried out by select universities on behalf of the United Nations Association has found the UK must improve its foreign policy after Brexit to maintain its current influence in the United Nations
Top-ranking universities must admit fewer from middle-class backgrounds, says Office for Students

Top-ranking universities must admit fewer from middle-class backgrounds, says Office for Students

“Radical” methods are needed to ensure universities meet diversity targets.
UCU Ballot results in no strike, as turnout falls below threshold again

UCU Ballot results in no strike, as turnout falls below threshold again

For the second time in four months, the required 50% threshold to cause strike action was not reached
Rayner: Labour would end marketisation of higher education

Rayner: Labour would end marketisation of higher education

During a speech at the University and College Union (UCU) conference, Angela Rayner set out a series of policy steps that would allow for further intervention regarding how universities are run
UK Vice-Chancellor pay soars to 13 times median wage

UK Vice-Chancellor pay soars to 13 times median wage

Almost half of all vice-chancellors received a salary of over £300,000, while a number of universities are forced into job cuts amid deficits
The profit mine of student housing

The profit mine of student housing

Sophie Marriott argues that The Mancunion’s recent revelations about student housing in Manchester reveals the deep rooted inequalities in higher education.
Nearly a quarter of university applicants receive unconditional offers

Nearly a quarter of university applicants receive unconditional offers

Universities are offering to remove grade requirements if students list them as their first choice
Firsts and 2:1s rise a threat to HE, says Quality Assurance Agency

Firsts and 2:1s rise a threat to HE, says Quality Assurance Agency

The University of Manchester awarded over half of its students a 2:1 in the 2016-17 academic year
Less than half of university tuition fee is spent on teaching

Less than half of university tuition fee is spent on teaching

Just 40-45% of the annual tuition fee of £9,250 is spent on teaching, with the rest going to resources such as libraries and technology support.
Debt crisis on the horizon for UK higher education

Debt crisis on the horizon for UK higher education

With a total debt estimated at close to £1 Trillion, the U.K. Higher Edication sector could be in turmoil, especially with the threat of Brexit.

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